Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete...
Hanwha Techwin participated in the ‘Korea International Boat Show 2018’ from May 24th-27th at KINTEX in Goyang, South Korea. One of Asia’s top three boat shows, the 11th edition of the grand event was the largest in scale in the show’s history. Hanwha Techwin, the sole global security company to participate in the exhibition, is Korea’s eminent video surveillance company and a global leader in the sector. With the rise of the marine leisure industry, Hanwha Techwi...
Gradiant is taking part at XPonential 2018 for the third time. This is the most important international fair for unmanned vehicles. This year, the Colorado Convention Center in Denver is hosting the event from April 30 to May 3 where the most relevant actors are showing the latest advances. Hand in hand with ICEX, inside the Spain Trade and Investment space in booth 1611, Gradiant is showing in the States UAS technologies and their own developments in life detection technologies. As Iago G&oacu...
The term ‘marine’ comes from the Latin mare, meaning sea or ocean, and marine habitats can be divided into two categories: coastal and open ocean. Video surveillance (VS) applications can cover both types of marine environment with system for ships, maritime ports, onshore and offshore installations, etc. We should want to further analyse VS for ships and try to explain the types of ships on which it can be used, the ways in which VS can be used on ships, the typical certifications...
Sofradir Group shareholders, Thales and Safran announced the appointment of Jean-François Delepau as its new chairman, with immediate effect. Previously managing director of ULIS, a Sofradir Group company, Mr. Delepau will oversee all the defence, aerospace and commercial market operations of the three companies within the Group: Sofradir, ULIS and US-based Sofradir-EC. “Jean-François’ vision, dedication to excellence and the wealth of his experience and career-long ac...
Clarion Events’ Defence & Security division has appointed Grant Burgham as the new Event Director for Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). With 17 years of experience working on major global events for organisers such as Reed Exhibitions, the Dubai World Trade Centre and Centaur exhibitions, Grant joins Clarion with a wealth of experience from the high-tech British engineering sector, IT & communications and the international maritime industry.Grant's skilled leade...
HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, is developing an innovative airborne multi-mission surveillance radar that will provide the armed forces and border protection authorities with unprecedented situational awareness and extremely short reaction times. The software-defined radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor that can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircrafts. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. “HENSOLDT capitalises on decades of experience in airborne and space radar”, explains HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We are able to translate our unique radar capabilities into an innovative product which gives defence and security forces more and better information to counter threats to their citizens’ safety and well-being.” PrecISR radar Due to its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering, PrecISR can fulfil different tasks virtually at the same time. It is able to detect, track and classify thousands of objects and thus literally find the ‘needle in a haystack’. Because of its compact design and the fact that all power consuming parts are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is simplified significantly compared to other radars. PrecISR is in the full-scale development phase. A fully functional flying demonstrator is expected to exist in about one year’s time and a series product in 2020.
Frequentis AG’s current CEO, Hannes Bardach, who has been in the management board for 35 years, will join the Frequentis supervisory board in mid-April 2018. In the future, his colleagues in the executive board - Sylvia Bardach, Hermann Mattanovich, and Norbert Haslacher - will be responsible for the management of Frequentis AG. The function of the CEO will be taken over by the current executive board member for sales & marketing, Norbert Haslacher. For 35 years, Hannes Bardach has held operational responsibility at Frequentis. In 1983, he joined the company as managing director, and in 1986, he took over the company shares. At that time, Frequentis was a small Viennese company with 36 employees and a turnover of EUR 4 million. Since then, Frequentis has continuously grown and today is a globally active group of companies with more than 1,700 employees in over 50 countries. "In the future, as an active owner and chairman of the Supervisory Board, I will work closely with the Executive Board and contribute to tasks critical to success for the corporate group," Hannes Bardach says. His special focus is on strategy and New Business Development. The future three-member board has Bardach's full confidence to drive further international growth of the Frequentis Group MNC The move from the executive board to the supervisory board has been planned for some time now. Bardach looks back on a long-standing and successful cooperation with his current board colleagues. Hermann Mattanovich and Sylvia Bardach remain in their current responsibility as CTO and CFO at Frequentis AG, respectively. The future three-member board has his full confidence to drive further international growth of the Frequentis Group MNC. Frequentis Group to expand and grow Norbert Haslacher as his successor in the capacity of CEO has Bardach’s full support. Since April 2015, as a member of the Executive Board of Frequentis AG, Norbert Haslacher can refer to an impressive track record: Frequentis order intake reached a new high of EUR 288 million in 2017, and Haslacher has already provided significant impetus for the further development of the Frequentis Group, which will secure and strengthen the Group’s competitiveness in the long-term. Haslacher's many years of experience in the IT sector have a particularly positive impact. Prior to joining Frequentis, he worked about 15 years at CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), a global IT services company that specialises in software development, infrastructure, web applications, cloud, big data, and cyber security. Haslacher has been able to contribute his extensive software knowledge as well as extensive international experience to the development of the Frequentis Group. Norbert Haslacher: “I am looking forward to the new challenge and I fully appreciate the trust and recognition that Hannes Bardach has given me as the Frequentis owner. My goal is to expedite the targeted sustained growth of the Frequentis Group and to further expand the product and solution portfolio to meet the requirements of our customers in the safety-critical area. In his new function as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hannes Bardach will continue to advise and support the Frequentis Executive Board.”
One of the keys to averting cyber-attacks on critical transportation infrastructure, such as 2016’s ransomware attack on San Francisco’s transit network, lies in industry-wide collaboration, according to security experts working for some of North America’s most well-known transit organisations. Transport Security World canvassed the opinion of executives, all of whom agreed that working together could put the brakes on attacks that can bring transportation to its knees. Among those contacted by Transport Security World include Stephen Covey, chief of police and chief security officer of Canadian National Railway, CN Railway, who said that the success or failure of keeping North America’s critical transportation infrastructure secure largely depended upon “the level of collaboration and shared responsibility of government, industry and the public. All three contributors,” maintained Covey, “are equally important and only by working together can they make a difference.”With rapid digitisation, security shouldn’t just be a priority for CISO’s but should also be on the minds of all heads of departments Prioritising security Concerning maritime security, David Espie, director of security at Maryland Port Administration, said “Sound maritime security requires local, State and federal assets and cooperation to ensure a strong landside and waterside security defence mechanism.” Echoing this point, Bob Gauvin, director of counter piracy policy at the US Coast Guard, said: “Layered security and coordinated governance in maritime allows for the most effective abilities of states to work in alliance against ever-changing threats.” With rapid digitisation, what is clear is that security shouldn’t just be a priority for CISO’s – it should also be on the minds of all heads of departments. Deborah Wheeler, chief information security officer at Delta Airlines, was clear over her employer’s priorities. “Working across Delta as we face the challenges of a highly connected airline and highly connected customers. It’s bigger than one team,” she told Transport Security World. Security best practices In addition to aiding collaboration between the transportation industry and government, company, customer and internal departments, here at Transport Security World, we’re also trying to foster partnerships between different transportation verticals. That’s why we’re organising Transport Security and Safety Expo 2018 in Washington D.C. Taking place on June 11-12, 2018, the event brings together security and safety professionals across aviation, maritime, rail, highway, haulage and industry suppliers to share best practice and improve standards. The packed agenda will offer the opportunity to hear from, and meet, some of the big players in the transportation industry.
Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) concluded a four day visit to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) in London, held from 12 to 15 September; to actively engage with industry leaders and promote its upcoming 10th anniversary edition. As a world leading event that brings together the global defence and security sector to innovate and share knowledge, DSEi is part of a robust industry engagement programme. These events provide instrumental and valuable opportunities for DIMDEX to strengthen its relations with key decision makers, VIP delegations, industry leaders and maritime defence and security experts, in addition to establishing new ties. DIMDEX to showcase most advanced and latest technology DIMDEX will maintain its position as a premier platform to showcase the most advanced and latest technology in maritime defence and security. An event attracting international experts to discuss the latest trends and technology that offer solutions to maintain the stability and security of the seas and oceans. By creating this consistency, it plays a vital role protecting geopolitical and commercial interests, particularly international trade routes and waterborne commerce. Staff Brigadier (SEA) Abdulbaqi Saleh Al Ansari, Chairman of the organising committee of DIMDEX said, “In today’s rapidly changing world it is imperative we visit our industry peers to keep abreast of the latest innovations and solutions, ensuring a bridge is created between innovators and end-users. Technological advancements occur fast and with an ever-evolving international defence landscape, these visits enable us to stay updated with the latest maritime defence and security advancements and to share expertise.” World-class platform for technology “As we press ahead in producing the greatest edition for our centenary event, we are buoyed by volume of confirmations at DSEi for participation at DIMDEX, as we continue to generate strong leads and deeper ties in advance of March 2018. The event’s committee is dedicated to ensuring the show will once again provide exhibitors, visitors and guests with first-class facilities and services that help them accomplish their goals. Qatar will remain resilient and maintain its position in delivering a world-class platform for technology, maritime and defence industry capabilities, representing opportunities for business and industry leaders to yield unparalleled results.” Gaining an esteemed reputation as one of the must-attend shows in the maritime event calendar, this prestigious event is renowned to be a dynamic gateway to industry insights, solutions and procurement opportunities, for maritime and defence leaders from around the world. Its meticulous organisation has spurred huge growth in the number of attending official VIP delegations, exhibitors and visitors, in addition to the significant increase of the exhibition space. DIMDEX 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar and proudly hosted and organised by the Qatar Armed Forces. Taking place between 12 and 14 March, 2018 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), DIMDEX offers an exhibition along with the international strategic Middle East Naval Commander Conference (MENC), Visiting Warship Display, and elite VIP delegation visits.
“Videotec’s cameras are the best alternative to seeing things with your own eyes.”This is the message of the new video produced by Videotec. The Italian manufacturer is sending a strong message to all players across the Industrial, Oil & Gas and Marine markets: thanks to the most complete range of products in the world, Videotec is able to cover any kind of video surveillance requirement in every challenging and hazardous environment imaginable. Flawless video footage Videotec’s wide range of high-quality cameras and housings guarantee flawless video footage regardless of aggressive external factors, such as corrosion and explosive agents or pollution, the force of the sea or wind, ice cold, scorching heat, desert sand and even total darkness. The key factors of Videotec’s success are excellent customer service and products which are highly innovative and of the very best quality. Videotec’s comprehensive portfolio mixes technological innovation and design to deliver high quality and unrivalled performance. See video here
Wren enclosures are another important option Arecont Vision customers can now employ with confidence Arecont Vision, a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, announced that Wren Solutions, a developer of innovative camera housings and accessories, has joined the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program. Multiple Arecont Vision cameras are certified with Wren Solution housings. Stainless-steel camera housings “We are excited to further develop our partnership with Arecont Vision,” said Andrew Wren, President of Wren Solutions. “Our business has been built on understanding customer needs and finding unique ways to solve their problems with our innovative products. This partnership will allow Arecont and Wren to work together to bring new solutions to the market—with our stainless-steel housings serving as a great example of both companies working together to serve our customers.” Wren Solutions has a 30-year history of developing products that solve specific problems for a variety of vertical markets, including industrial, transportation, marine, food processing, retail, banking, and education. With in-house design teams and on-site fabrication capabilities, Wren takes market feedback from idea to product in a short time. Multi-sensor megapixel camera technology Arecont Vision is a provider of single- and multi-sensor megapixel camera technology, designed and manufactured in the USA. Since introducing the industry’s first megapixel cameras in 2004 and first multi-sensor cameras in 2006, Arecont Vision cameras have been customer proven around the world for use day or night and in and outdoors, with high performance and outstanding reliability. Wren enclosures are another important option Arecont Vision customers can now employ with confidence. “We are very pleased to have Wren solutions as part of the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program,” said Jason Schimpf, Director of Marketing Programs, Arecont Vision. “The Wren stainless steel dome enclosures enable our customers to take full advantage of excellent image quality delivered by Arecont Vision cameras in harsh areas like extreme moisture or corrosive environments. Customers can feel confident in the solution when they pick Arecont Vision cameras that are certified with Wren’s housings.” Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program Through the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program, sales, development, and support contacts are established between the two companies to better engage with end user customers and integrators, integrate new features and technology, and quickly resolve any customer support issues. A growing number of customers are already benefitting from integrated Arecont Vision and Wren Solutions.
Videotec has extended its range of cameras that include the new DELUX imaging and encoding technology. It can now be found in models designed for surveillance in the Marine and Oil & Gas sectors, and significantly improves the day and night vision and competitiveness of these products. DELUX imaging and encoding technology After recently being integrated into the ULISSE COMPACT PTZ, DELUX technology is now available across the IP, PTZ and fixed cameras of the ex-proof and Marine lines, namely the MAXIMUS MPX, MVX AND NXPTZ. These models are well regarded on the market for their high-performance levels and operational efficiency in extreme environments and where there is a risk of explosion. DELUX technology brings increased light sensitivity, which means the cameras deliver very high-quality vision during the day or night, with clear high-definition images and incredibly well-defined colours – even in very low light conditions. The improved precision and image clarity provides immediate added value to outdoor surveillance applications Day/Night surveillance The improved precision and image clarity provides immediate added value to outdoor surveillance applications, especially in sensitive areas where the need to identify people, objects, moving vehicles and other events, day or night, is crucial. In addition to improved colour rendering and greater noise reduction, DELUX technology has brought new advanced PTZ performance, namely in the control of speed proportional to zoom and the management of Privacy Masking. High-performance solutions The DELUX technology has been developed end-to-end by Videotec’s R&D team and this has led to considerable reductions to the costs of these new camera models. Videotec’s DELUX products are therefore extremely competitive, and are complete high-performance solutions, reinforcing their prominent position in an increasingly demanding and selective international security market.
Finland’s foreign trade depends on shipping lanes and seaports that are ice-free, so the country operates the world's second-largest fleet of icebreakers. One of the latest ships, called Polaris, is equipped with Bosch video cameras and a Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) that ensure safe operations in some of the roughest cold weather that the planet has to offer. Polaris departs for the Bay of Bothnia – between Finland and Sweden – around the end of each year and stays there until the following May. During this period, the officers and crew under Captain Pasi Järvelin work 12 hours a day, 20 days at a time. The long shifts and challenging working conditions impose tough requirements on occupational safety. Cameras from the MIC series are used on deck, cameras from the FLEXIDOME and DINION series are used inside Bosch HD video cameras For safe, efficient work at sea, the Polaris uses high-definition cameras from Bosch. Cameras from the MIC series are used on deck, cameras from the FLEXIDOME and DINION series are used inside, for example in the engine room and engineering space. “We can investigate incidents by checking the recordings. This reduces the need for routine tours, in person, of various parts of the vessel. The exterior MIC cameras monitor the ice and the vessels for which we are breaking ice; the ones on the stern monitor distances to other vessels. Even under the arctic conditions of the Baltic Sea, the Bosch cameras work perfectly,” says Captain Järvelin. All the cameras and recording equipment are controlled and operated via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), which is rarely seen in marine applications. Focus, zoom, horizontal- and vertical-pitch features are indispensable, and the MIC cameras have wipers for adverse weather conditions that can be actuated from the bridge. At the top of the mast, a 360-degree MIC IP camera operates flawlessly, even in darkness. Bosch’s MIC IP cameras are ideal for extreme weather. They can stand up to high winds, rain, fog, 100 percent humidity, temperatures as low as -40°C to as high as +65°C, extreme vibrations, high impacts and even corrosion.
MARSS has secured a refit contract for the installation of its automated security systems, NiDAR and CLIMBERguard, on-board specialist merchant vessels. This project will integrate security radar and daylight/infrared cameras, as well as climber detection capability to deliver layered 360° surveillance for the monitoring, detection and tracking of surface objects in the vicinity of a vessel. Autonomous maritime perimeter security The NiDAR system developed by MARSS is providing all-round air, surface and underwater perimeter security to protect high-value maritime assets. Operating autonomously and discreetly 24/7, NiDAR tracks both known and unknown objects around a vessel, while smart software algorithms automatically analyse and rank threats, triggering alerts to notify users as required. Climber detection is achieved with the self-contained CLIMBERguard units that combine micro-radars, imaging sensors and processing to automatically detect, classify and track approaches close to and scaling the vessel sides. Multi-touch command and control interfaces present a clear situational awareness picture to crew as a fixed installation onboard or remotely via smart mobile devices aiding decision-making and rapid response. “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract that demonstrates the flexibility of MARSS systems to meet client requirements and deliver increased long-range security capability to vessels,” said Johannes Pinl, CEO & Founder. Current MARSS maritime projects include military, passenger, commercial and private vessels.
Decommissioned in San Diego, California, the USS Midway served from 1945 until 1992, as the longest-serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century. The historic naval ship museum opened to the public for tours on June 10th, 2004, and receives 1,000,000 visitors annually. The USS Midway’s mission is to preserve, inspire, educate, and entertain visitors as well as serve as America’s living symbol of freedom. Video surveillance system Throughout USS Midway’s 47 years of service, the aircraft carrier played key roles in the Cold War, served with the Atlantic Fleet, was combat deployed in Vietnam as well as the Arabian Gulf for Desert Storm, and many other operations throughout the world. The aircraft carrier is home to flight simulators, a gift shop, café and a theatre, measures 1,001 feet long, and contains 18 decks. The large number of tourists, volunteers, and museum staff occupying the facility, along with the many events held on-board on any given day, make safety and surveillance a top concern for the museum’s Board of Directors. Earlier this year, Director of Safety and Security, Bill McClurg, with the full support of the CEO and the museum’s board, led a team of USS Midway department directors including information technology, finance, and operations, and launched a project designed to update and improve the museum’s existing video surveillance system. The process culminated in the selection of VIVOTEK’s valued partner, Layer3 Security Services, a systems integration company headquartered in San Diego that serves companies, government agencies and institutions throughout Southern California. Network cameras The new video surveillance system features dozens of VIVOTEK network cameras including fixed domes, box cameras, and Pan Tilt Zoom models. “There were many reasons for selecting VIVOTEK for this demanding application,” said Dario Santana, President of Layer3 Security Services. “These include the breadth of VIVOTEK’s product line, the high degree of integration with ExacqVision’s VMS platform, and the products’ superior price and performance. In the end, it only made sense to select VIVOTEK for the USS Midway upgrade,” concluded Dario. In the end, it only made sense to select VIVOTEK for the USS Midway upgrade" VIVOTEK’s FD8365HV and FD8338-HV fixed dome network cameras were also positioned in areas in need of surveillance. Both camera models are able to withstand inclement weather and the IP66 and IK10-rated housing protects the unit against acts of vandalism, making these units a great selection for installation aboard the aircraft carrier. A variety of camera models were chosen to monitor specific areas of the museum and surrounding areas. VIVOTEK’s FD8373-EHV fixed dome network cameras were installed throughout the premises due to the 3-megapixel wide dynamic range CMOS sensor’s excellent ability to adjust to challenging lighting conditions. The WDR Pro feature allows the camera to capture both the dark and bright areas of an image and combine the differences to generate a highly realistic representation of the original scene. Zooming capabilities Working closely with Layer3, Bill McClurg also chose SD8364E, speed dome network cameras for the zoom capabilities in parking lot as well as ship deck monitoring and IP8155HP, box network cameras. VIVOTEK’s SD8364E 1080p full HD resolution speed dome delivers superb image quality with its 30x optical zoom lens, perfect for monitoring wide open spaces. SD8364E’s IP67 and NEMA 4X-rated housing protects against rain, dust, and corrosion as well as operates under extreme weather conditions making it suitable for San Diego’s climate. The IP8155HP professional box network camera offers 1.3-megapixel resolution and WDR Pro II providing extreme visibility in high contrast environments. “Layer3 Security Services and VIVOTEK far exceeded our expectations with the installation of our new upgraded surveillance system. Layer3’s ability to translate our needs into a workable design and their recommendation of VIVOTEK’s superior yet efficient product line led to a successful deployment. Effective video surveillance on a museum, whose mission is to be, ‘America’s Living Symbol of Freedom,’ is an essential element in preserving it for generations to come,” said Bill McClurg, Safety Director.
The X-Series provides enhanced features offering a massive 40x optical zoom with dual-mode illumination Located in Chile's powerhouse region for commerce and maritime activity, Valparisio's busy port handles containerised cargo, general cargo & vehicles destined for the densely populated metropolitan areas. Multiple Redvision X-Series™ rugged marine grade PTZ cameras were selected as the preferred surveillance solution for Octopuss' front-end Video Management Software (VMS) system. Port Security is key & requires measures to reduce risks and mitigate criminal actions that threaten security personnel, facilities, vessels and the public. Valparasio Port authorities as part of an ongoing security upgrade , installed a new fibre optic network within the port, and is keenly viewed as an important development for the container storage systems and security system alike. Designed to sustain in rough environments Commercial director, Marcello Aracena del Rio commented "We chose Redvision because the camera has been designed to last in surveillance applications that are beyond the mechanical capabilities of traditional PTZ domes conventional pan and tilt systems. Redvision's X-Series™ marine grade finish PTZ is extremely well engineered and rugged. The aluminium-cast housing is hard anodised before 25 year superior marine paint finish is applied, and all fixings are marine stainless steel to counter adverse effects of corrosive weather conditions, an unavoidable circumstance of maritime applications. Regardless of weather, an integrated wiper made from a single sprung steel mechanism with a durable silicone wiper provides reliable, long-life, low maintenance and, to help protect against sun a deep visor is fitted". X-Series features Powerful White Light Uniquely, the X-Series™ provides enhanced features offering a massive 40x optical zoom with dual-mode illumination. The dual illuminator consists of both IR and white light LEDs, allowing operators to switch between the two light sources with a single click giving full colour images at night, providing high quality video evidence of criminal activity and incidents for prosecution purposes and police investigations when required. "Valparasio Port was a huge challenge and involved complex communication networks both locally and remote. Built on an open, modular software framework, our VMS system gave the port the ability to maximise the value of security investments and freedom to choose the best of technologies available. Redvision's X-Series™ cameras were easily integrated into the VMS security system and helped strengthen perimeter security. The feature rich video management system allowed us to deliver efficiencies through a single user interface and alarm management platform" Tali Haviv, Director, Octopuss
The FLIR HRC-S MS thermal imaging camera installed at the Port of Ravenna is one of the most innovative and powerful night vision systems Thanks to its strategic geographical position in the north-east of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, the Port of Ravenna is an Italian leader in commercial trade with the East Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It plays an important role in trade with the Middle and Far East. The Port of Ravenna is one of the major Italian ports as far as break bulk cargo is concerned: in particular, it is the Italian leader in the handling of raw materials for ceramics, cereals, fertilisers and animal food. It is also an important port for general cargo, in particular timber and coils. The port of Ravenna is also the most important centre for offshore activities in the Adriatic Sea. One third of the methane gas consumed in Italy is produced offshore from Ravenna. The Port Authority of Ravenna The Port Authority of Ravenna has the task of allocating, planning, coordinating, promoting and controlling port operations and other commercial and industrial activities taking place in the port. It invests heavily in the port to improve its infrastructure and to extend its service offerings, in order to reach the highest quality standards. Recently, the Port Authority of Ravenna has decided to install a FLIR Systems HRC-S MS Multi-Sensor. This thermal imaging camera intends to raise the level of security at the port of Ravenna from the harbour front to the adjacent coast. This is yet another step taken by the Port Authority to raise the standards of security at the port of Ravenna. With the HRC-S MS the Port of Ravenna installed one of most innovative and powerful night vision systems. FLIR HRC-S MS Multi-Sensor system "We originally demonstrated the Port Authority a system composed of a FLIR Systems PTZ-35x140 MS.", explains Miss Elisabetta Minghelli head marketing at A.ST.I.M. S.r.l. The company designs and develops integrated security systems and is a FLIR Systems distributor in Italy for FLIR Systems security and surveillance and maritime products. "During the demonstration it became immediately clear that they needed a more powerful solution. Seeing a small vessel at approximately 20 kilometres, as requested by the Port Authority, requires a thermal imaging camera with a cooled detector. We decided to propose the FLIR Systems HRC-S.” “The Port Authority was immediately convinced when we demonstrated the FLIR Systems HRC-S MS. The HRC-S MS is based on military technology and it is fully military qualified. Since the military is the most demanding customer in the world, the Port Authority knew immediately that the HRC-S MS would do a great job in the Port of Ravenna as well.” “Since they not only wanted to have a thermal imaging camera but a daylight camera as well, we opted for the HRC-S MS Multi-Sensor system. Not only it is installed on a robust pan/tilt which allows the operator to look anywhere he wants, it is equipped with a daylight camera as well. Optionally they ordered a laser range finder. This allows the operator to see at which distance from the camera vessels or other objects are located.”, explains Miss Minghelli. Installing the HRC-S MS “The Port Authority is not operating the HRC-S MS itself. Once it was installed the control was handed over to two important authorities within the port of Ravenna: the Coast Guard and the Port Pilots organisation”, says Miss Elisabetta Minghelli, head of marketing at A.ST.I.M. S.r.l. “A.ST.I.M installed the HRC-S MS on a 14 metre high mast in order to have an excellent overview over the area.” “Temporarily, the images of the HRC-S MS were transmitted wireless to the control room which is 6 kilometres away from the location of the HRC-S MS. Although this was giving excellent results, we are replacing the wireless signal with a fibre optic cable. This will even further increase the image quality of the HRC-S MS.”, says Miss Minghelli. “The Port Authority is not operating the HRC-S MS itself. Once it was installed the control was handed over to two important authorities within the port of Ravenna: the Coast Guard and the Port Pilots organisation.” Coast guard responsible for port security The Italian Coast Guard is a branch of “Marina Militare" (Italian Navy) that has tasks and functions connected mostly to the use of the sea. The Italian Coast Guard has exclusive responsibility for search and rescue missions. It systematically examines the entire national merchant fleet, fishing and pleasure boating and through the activity of Port State Control, also the foreign flags that are calling at Italy’s ports. Other tasks include the protection of the marine environment and control of maritime fishery, pleasure yachting. "Our task is to ensure that the port of Ravenna is safe.", says Captain Roberto Rufini, head of the Coast Guard at the Port of Ravenna. “We not only control and maintain the safety and security of the ships that come to our port; we also have the responsibility for the entire port security as well.” Vessel traffic monitoring with HRC-S MS "Every vessel entering or leaving the port of Ravenna has to give an “arrival notice” at least 24 hours before it plans to enter the port. We can monitor their movements with the automatic identification system (AIS). AIS is a very effective way to track and monitor commercial traffic through a flow of information and data. It helps to identify the ship, see its location, direction and speed, type of cargo and its "relationship" with other nearby ships and Marine Traffic Control Stations.” “Although the vast majority of ships have AIS on board, not all are equipped with it. Off course we can still monitor these vessels by radar. But now, especially for the sensitive sea area that affects the entire harbour, we have a new tool as well. With the HRC-S Multi-Sensor System we get a visual, real-time image of these vessels. During the day, we use the daylight camera. But more spectacular, when it gets dark we switch to thermal. The HRC-S MS is really turning night into day. This allows us to monitor all ship traffic, 24 hours a day." International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) “The thermal imaging camera also helps us to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) regulations. A comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and ports developed in response to the perceived threats to ship and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.”, adds Captain Francesco Frisone of the Ravenna Coast Guard. "The HRC-S MS has such a long range performance that we can see what is going on close to the platforms", adds Captain Francesco Frisone of the Ravenna Coast Guard More coast guard applications "The HRC-S MS is used for more for than vessel traffic monitoring only," continues Captain Frisone. "In front of the coast of Ravenna there are several offshore platforms that extract natural gas. The nearest are located three miles from the coast while others are located approximately 10 miles away. With the HRC-S MS we are able to monitor what is happening around them without any problem. If we see that vessels, which have not announced their presence beforehand, are close to the platforms, we are able to intervene immediately. The HRC-S MS has such a long range performance that we can see what is going on close to the platforms. Even in total darkness”. "Another application is the control and supervision over everything that is happening on the beaches. During summer there is an increased inflow of tourists and there are more beach activities. With the FLIR Systems HRC-S MS we can see clearly what is happening on the beach. Day and night. If there is a problem that requires activation of the planned emergency procedures, such as swimmers or recreational boats in distress, we can act immediately”. Spotting a diver at a distance of more than 1,500 metres "Recently, thanks to the HRC-S MS, we observed a sports diver inside the port, while snorkelling at a distance of more than 1,500 metres away from the camera, near the docks of the south dam. We noticed his head when it was above water. On the thermal image we also noticed that hanging on his belt was a fish that he had caught illegally, in a prohibited area. We immediately intervened to end a potentially dangerous situation. Dangerous not only for the port but also for the diver since he was swimming in an area that is frequented by large ships and motor vessels.” "For us this is just one example of the great benefits of thermal imaging and particularly of the HRC-S MS. Here at the Coast Guard we are convinced that there is a bright future for thermal imaging and its applications.", concludes Captain Frisone. Port Pilots Organisation: Seeing objects which are undetected by radar Another user of the HRC-S MS is the "Corpo dei Piloti del Porto di Ravenna”, the Port Pilots Organisation. It is composed of 13 maritime port pilots. These qualified seafarers operate 24 hours a day with 3 pilots per shift. A Vessel Traffic Service guarantees safe piloting and traffic assistance in the outer and inner waters of the Port of Ravenna. "The Port Pilots Organisation is responsible for carrying pilots to the ships. The pilots go to the ships with small boats and they guide and control the entry of the vessel in port.", says Captain Andrea Maccaferri, Head Pilot. "We share the use of the HRC-S MS with the Coast Guard. Although they are the main users of the system, we can request control of it at any time and use it to our benefit. We use it to see that large ships can manoeuvre safely. Often there are small sail boats and yachts around the ships that are not being spotted by the radar. With the HRC-S MS we can see them seamlessly. If this is the case, we can warn our pilots in order to make sure that the small vessels are not overrun by the huge container ships.” Thermal imaging in foggy weather A.ST.I.M installed the HRC-S MS on a 14 metre high mast in order to have an excellent overview over the area “During daytime we use the daylight camera. But on foggy days, we are happy that we can switch to the thermal imaging camera. Also in daylight. The FLIR Systems HRC-S MS is a tremendous help in foggy conditions. Although the range performance of the thermal imaging camera is affected by the fog, it still allows us to see considerable farther than with any CCTV camera. Even in heavy fog, when we can see barely with the naked eye, the thermal imaging camera of the HRC-S MS allows us to see small vessels at a distance of about 2 kilometres away.” FLIR Sensors Manager Software The FLIR Systems HRC-S MS is being controlled by the FLIR Sensors Manager Software. This out-of-the-box software offers powerful and efficient management capabilities for any security installation with FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras. "FLIR Sensors Manager is extremely easy to use.", explains Mr. Claudio Fuzzi, one of the Pilots operating the HRC-S MS. “It allows access to numerous useful features. Not only can I pan/tilt the system, I can switch between thermal and daylight video or look at both at the same time. I also have access to features such as the Digital Detail Enhancement. This ensures a clear thermal image, in all weather conditions.” Sharing control of the HRC-S MS “FLIR Sensors Manager also allows to share the use of the HRC-S MS with the Coast Guard.", continues Claudio. "They are the main user of the system and usually they have the control, but any time I need to use the HRC-S MS, I can send the request through FLIR Sensors Manager to the operator at the Coast Guard. A small message will appear on his screen so that he knows that I am requesting access to the system. He can allow or deny the access to the HRC-S MS depending on the situation. If he wants to continue chasing a target he will deny the access, otherwise he will permit it,” Claudio says. Future improvements: Radar and AIS integration "Once the wireless signal will be completely replaced by the fibre optical cable, the goal is to integrate the HRC-S MS system to the VTS system consisting of Radar and AIS, so that if the Radar detects an object the HRC-S MS immediately turns in the right direction so that the users can see what the "blip" on the radar really means. The HRC-S MS will also be connected to the AIS so that it will be possible get a visual image of the movements of a ship when necessary. Both during the day and the night," concludes Miss Minghelli.